From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.
President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration was supposed to go into effect this week. The order would prevent millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States from being sent back to their home country.
On Monday, a U.S. federal judge temporarily blocked Mr. Obama's plan. Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in support of 26 states that sought to cancel the order. His ruling came a day before the first part of the program was to begin.
But experts say the legal battle is far from over.
Up to five million undocumented immigrants were excited when President Obama signed the order last year. In immigrant communities, feelings of hope turned to sadness when the judge's ruling was announced.
At the White House, the president had this reaction.
"We are not going to disregard this federal court ruling. So we are not going to be, actually, taking applications in until this case is settled."
A final decision on the case will take time. Paul Collins serves as Director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts.
"And the law really is not black or white on this one. If it went to the Supreme Court and they ruled on the merits of this case, it probably wouldn't come down for half a year to years."
Until then, undocumented immigrants are unsure of their future.
The U.S. Congress has been unable to agree on a plan to reform the immigration system. Texas Congressman Lamar Smith is a member of the Republican Party. He says lack of congressional action is no reason for the executive order.
"The president said, ‘I am going to give them work permits. I'm going to allow them to stay, I am going to allow them to get federal benefits.' That is where he went beyond what I think he can do."
Some people have protested the judge's ruling. But state officials who brought the case say they are defending constitutional order. Mark Brnovich is Arizona's Attorney General.
"This is an important constitutional principle. This isn't even just about immigration. It is about if the president of the U.S. can act unilaterally on any legal issue."
President Obama disagrees.
"I think the law is on our side, and history is on our side. And we are going to appeal it. And we will be prepared to implement this (order) fully as soon as the legal issues get resolved."
Until this week, history would seem to support Mr. Obama's position. Legal expert Paul Collins says states have had trouble winning cases on immigration issues.
"The federal courts have been fairly deferential to the federal government's policies on immigration, particularly when those challenges are being brought by states. So the states have a tough row to hoe (difficulty)."
Idalis Cervantes lives in Arizona. Until Monday, she thought her Mexican-born parents would be protected from expulsion. She says she and her parents were heartbroken when they heard about the judge's decision. Ms. Cervantes says she is not backing off.
"I will fight, and I know I have the whole community backing me up that will make sure my parents stay in this country."
And that's In The News from VOA Learning English. I'm Mario Ritter.
1.block vt. 阻止；阻塞
For years the country has tried to block imports of various cheap foreign products...
2.rule vt.& vi. 裁定，裁决
The court ruled that laws passed by the assembly remained valid...
He disregarded the advice of his executives...
The district unilaterally proclaimed its independence from the national government.
We have a fairly good idea of what's going on.
These events led to the expulsion of senior diplomats from the country.
Was your daddy heartbroken when they got a divorce?
1.President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration was supposed to go into effect this week.
be supposed to应该
They are supposed to be here at about half four.
2.The order would prevent millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States from being sent back to their home country.
He tried to prevent union money from being sequestrated by the courts.
3.Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in support of 26 states that sought to cancel the order.
in support of支持
A scientist must produce evidence in support of a theory.
周一，一位美国联邦法官暂时阻止了奥巴马总统的计划。安德鲁·哈宁(Andrew Hanen)法官裁决支持26个州取消该命令 。他的裁决于移民改革方案第一部分开始生效的前一天出炉 。
对此案做出最终判决尚需时日。Paul Collins是马萨诸塞大学法律研究系主任 。
美国国会一直未能就改革移民体系计划达成一致。德克萨斯州众议员兰默·史密斯(Lamar Smith)是一名共和党议员 。他说，国会不采取行动不能成为总统发布行政命令的理由 。
一些人对这名法官的裁决进行了抗议。但是提起该案件的州政府官员表示，他们在捍卫宪法秩序 。Mark Brnovich是亚利桑纳州的总检察长 。
“我认为法律在我们这一边，历史也在我们这一边。我们会提出上诉 。而且我们会做好准备，一旦该法律问题得到解决，就全面实施这一政令 。”
直到本周，历史似乎会支持奥巴马总统的立场。法律专家Paul Collins表示，各州想赢得移民问题案件困难重重 。
Idalis Cervantes居住在亚利桑那州。在周一以前她一直认为她在墨西哥出生的父母会免受驱逐 。她说，当他们听说法官的决定之后，她和父母非常伤心 。Cervantes女士表示，她不会退缩 。
以上就是本期美国之音慢速英语新闻报道的全部内容。我是Mario Ritter 。